When it comes to finding the right match for your needs and your glaucoma treatment, Vance Thompson Vision will spend all the time it takes find out what you truly need. Since there are many different methods to approach glaucoma, there are also many ways for treatment to miss the mark on relief. Our doctors are dedicated to finding the least invasive way to relieve you of intraocular pressure using the world's most advanced technologies and state-of-the-art incision techniques. When previous attempts (use of medications, failed surgeries, or laser treatments) fail to stop the progression of your glaucoma, our board-certified ophthalmologist surgeons Drs. Berdahl, or Greenwood, or board-eligible ophthalmologist Dr. Swan, may suggest a XEN Gel Stent.
The XEN Gel Stent is a soft, gelatin device implanted into the eye to minimize the eye’s intraocular pressure (IOP). The stent is designed to address your glaucoma with a less invasive procedure with fewer complications than traditional glaucoma therapies. Known as MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery), treatments such as the XEN Gel Stent help create a patient experience like none other, offering comfort and hope for better vision. We want you to be apart of the decision-making process, as we want to meet your visual and lifestyle needs.
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"No waiting - always see me when my appt is scheduled. Take the time to answer all my questions and even keep my specialist in MSP informed of my progress."- R.K. / Google / May 17, 2019
"The staff there was very welcoming and helpful. The technician was patient and very thorough and all the tests that she did. Dr. Greenwood spent extra time explaining my condition and I answered all my questions . When there is questions about insurance and what would possibly be covered they brought in a staff member who spoke specifically about those issues. A second stack person came in and explained how they would help ensure that the insurance claim would be appealed if necessary. The whole appointment was very thorough and the information helped me make the best decision for my health possible. I would recommend Vance Thompson vision to anyone with complex eye problems."- J.L. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
"Everyone was very friendly and thorough. I only have to do one eye drop once a day. Never had any pain."- B.J. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2019
"The staff at Vance Thompson Vision know the true meaning of "customer service". The process from start to finish was the best experience I have ever had with vision care. Dr. Greenwood and team were amazing to work with. I have already recommend this place to multiple friends and colleagues."- J.O. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
You may not be a candidate for the XEN Glaucoma Treatment System if you have:
- Had a previous drainage eye surgery with an implantation of a device
- Scarring or disease within the area needed for stent placement
- Angle-closure glaucoma
- Chronic eye inflammation
- Other disorders or eye conditions as determined by your ophthalmologist surgeon
During your treatment planning session, you will discuss your option for anesthesia and sedation. While you will be awake for this procedure, there are protocols we can follow to make the experience more comfortable. In our outpatient surgical suite, we will prepare you for surgery. Your ophthalmologist surgeon will make a small, self-sealing incision in the cornea for stent placement. The XEN Gel Stent comes with an injector for immediate use.
The XEN Gel Stent is a soft, gelatin tube inserted into the eye to increase drainage from the eye. The stent is about as wide as a human eyelash (6 mm long). The stent creates a new pathway so the fluid-filled front area of the eye can drain to the area just under the eyeball’s surface. As the XEN Gel Stent softens and becomes a flexible pathway so fluid can drain, it should lower your intraocular pressure.
What to Expect
After your XEN Gel Stent placement surgery, you will have several follow-up appointments with our doctors at Vance Thompson Vision to check your intraocular pressure and chart the progress of your surgical site. You may think that these follow-up appointments are not necessary, but keep in mind that your intraocular pressure can become too low and/or you could have a unaware complication that Drs. Berdahl, Greenwood, and Swan can catch and correct with regularly scheduled visits.
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 7 days
- Procedure Time
- 15 - 20 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 1 days, 1 week, 1 month
- Recovery Location
Tiny Implant with big results
To set up an appointment to learn more about MIGS or ask a few questions about the XEN Gel Stent, please do not hesitate to call. We want you to maintain a healthy eyesight and enjoy life more clearly. We offer private consultations at our Fargo, ND facility for patients who qualify or are referred from another physician. Contact us today.